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Poster: Krazy4Connie Date: Sep 16, 2011 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Practices

Does anyone know about any of the Dead's band practices? I mean, for instance, would they all just go to Jerry's place and hear what he'd come up with? I'd have loved to be a fly on the wall and hear new stuff for the first time.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Sep 16, 2011 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Practices

Poke around the site a bit and you can find some studio rehearsal stuff.
Can't think of any examples off the top of my head, but I know they are here. Alot of them will have a venue listing of Ace's studio or some such other studio. I'm sure others here can site chapter and verse on what is what as far as quality, etc.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 16, 2011 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Practices

"Practice, man, I'm talking practice!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGDBR2L5kzI

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 16, 2011 5:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Practices

Speaking of delusional basketball players, I think Ron Artest or Meta World Peace might take the cake

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Sep 16, 2011 7:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Practices

There are a number of band rehearsals available, over the years - to name a few that come to mind:

Viola Lee Blues rehearsal, Jan '66 -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd66-01-xx.sbd.hanno-uli.18846.sbeok.shnf

Dark Star>St Stephen>Eleven rehearsal, fall '68 -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-11-06.StudioRehearsals.GEMS.82393.flac16

home demos & jams, fall '69 -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-06-xx.aud.tzuriel.10510.sbeok.shnf

Keith's first rehearsals, Sept '71 -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-09-29.sbd.cousinit.16891.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-09-30.sbd.cousinit.18109.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-09-xx.sbd.unknown.16897.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-10-01.sbd.rehearsal.cousinit.16896.sbefail.shnf
(some repetitions....)

May '76 tour rehearsals -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-05-28.rehearsals.gems.82947.flac16
http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-05-2x.sbd.vernon.9769.sbeok.shnf
(mostly duplicate each other)

rehearsal with Brent, April '79 -
http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-04-16.studio.clugston.3121.sbeok.shnf

I know there are more from the '80s & '90s, but I'll stop there, maybe someone else can continue the list.
These are all, of course, very fragmentary; short snapshots of an ongoing process. 1975 is the one year where we have a really detailed view of the beginning-to-end rehearsals for the Blues for Allah album, and you can really hear new songs being born, as detailed here:
http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2009/10/brief-guide-to-1975-studio-rehearsals.html

In answer to your question, after 1965 the Dead didn't have band practice "at home", they had various rehearsal spaces, eventually in the studios they built for themselves. (Which in Weir's case, I guess was at home...)
In the '60s they practiced for hours every day. In the '70s they still practiced quite frequently, especially before recording albums and before starting tours. In the Brent years they rehearsed less and less (not much new material, after all), and by the '90s it was quite infrequent. Generally by then they had little spurts where they'd write a few songs, rehearse them all together, then coast on that for a few years. Their approach to rehearsals seems to have changed immensely through their career, as they started out very gung-ho about keeping in practice, and ended up quite apathetic about the process - Garcia in particular became quite the rehearsal-avoider. In the later years I don't think you find too many instances of them going over a tricky song again, and again, and again, as they did up to '77 or so.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 16, 2011 2:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Practices

well less and less through the years as complacency and drug habits became more and more is what they've all said. The places changed through time,the place they practiced in the beginning ( wherever that was )to Mickeys Barn to Weirs studio then I think once they settles on Front Street it stayed there. Never Jerrys as far as I know. Only for interventions haha.